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I stumbled on the squad list for the Japan 1993 U17 world cup, and immediately observed that a large number of the players who participated for such great football nations as Brazil, Argentina et al, did not make a single appearance for the national team in the long run. A quick analysis of the squad list of African nations such as Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Japan and Germany immediately showed that Africa and Asia have fared better than European countries in this regard.

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2011FOOTBALL TALENT & FIFA AGE GROUP COMPETITIONS

CRIG CONSULT 9/12/2011

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CONTENTS1. Cover page 2. Contents 3. Preface 4. Scope of study 5. Results 6. Argentina 7. Brazil 8. Germany 9. Ghana 10. Japan 11. Nigeria 12. Spain 13. Chart and analysis 14. Conclusion page 1 page 2 page 3 page 4 page 4 page 5 9 page 10 14 page 15 17 page 18 21 page 22 25 page 26 29 page 30 33 page 34 35 page 36

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PREFACEtake a look at Xavi Hernandez and Iker Casillas, can we boast of our own players who competed with them at the Nigeria U20 world cup? This is an age long statement that you will easily hear from a Nigerian football analyst. It is readily assumed that European and South American countries employ a more effective age group progressive system to provide talents for the National teams. But, how true is this assumption? Do we have facts to prove that indeed this is not a mere clich, and a wrong one at that? I stumbled on the squad list for the Japan 1993 U17 world cup, and immediately observed that a large number of the players who participated for such great football nations as Brazil, Argentina et al, did not make a single appearance for the national team in the long run. A quick analysis of the squad list of African nations such as Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Japan and Germany immediately showed that Africa and Asia have fared better than European countries in this regard. The list of footballers who garnered at least one (1) cap for the senior national team, having participated in either the FIFA U17 or U20 world cup competition between 1993 and 2005 were collated and recorded. The aim of this report is to provide incontrovertible answers to the following questions: 1. Is it correct to say that the FIFA age group competitions serve as a nursery bed for football talents? 2. What are the statistics of football talents that have progressed from the age group competitions into full fledged international? 3. Which country and continent has effectively employed the FIFA age group tourney to serve the aim of their establishment? These questions are the motivating factors for this book. Have we really performed abysmally? In what areas have we done well? Now, let the fact speak for itself! 3|Page

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SCOPE OF STUDYCONTINENTS COVERED: AFRICA ASIA EUROPE SOUTH AMERICA COUNTRIES COVERED: ARGENTINA BRAZIL GERMANY GHANA JAPAN NIGERIA SPAIN AGE-GROUP COMPETITIONS COVERED (1993 2005): FIFA U 17 WORLD CUP FIFA U20 WORLD CUP Rationale: 1. For easy collation of data 2. At the maximum, players that participated in the 2005 edition of the U17 world cup are expected to be 23 years old, as at 2011. At this age, a player can be said to be at the beginning of his peak. 3. Studying the players that participated in 1993 1999 will give a good track and sense of history

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ARGENTINA

FIFA U 17 WORLD CUP1993 1. Fabricio Fuentes 2. Federico Dominguez 1995 1. Esteban Cambiasso 2. Aldo Duscher 3. Pablo Aimar 52 caps 3 caps 52 caps 1 cap 1 cap

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www.crigconsult.webs.com 1997 1. Franco Costanzo 2. Gabriel Milito 3. Luciano Galleti 4. Ernesto Farias 1999 (Absent) 2001 1. Gonzalo Rodriguez 2. Javier Mascherano 3. Carlos Tevez 4. Pablo Zabaleta 2003 1. Oscar Ustari 2. Ezequiel Garay 3. Lucas Biglia 4. Neri Cardozo 5. Walter Avecedo 6. Fernando gago 2005 (Absent) 1 cap 3 caps 6 caps 1 cap 1 cap 33 caps 6 caps 75 caps 59 caps 14 caps 1 cap 42 caps 13 caps 1 cap

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FIFA U20 WORLD CUP1993 (Absent) 1995 1. Federico Dominguez 2. Gustavo Lombardi 3. Juan Pablo Sorin 6|Page 1 cap 2 caps 76 caps

www.crigconsult.webs.com 4. Ariel Ibagaza 5. Diego Crosa 1997 1. Leo Franco 2. Leandro Damian Cufre 3. Walter Samuel 4. Esteban Cambiasso 5. Juan Roman Ruquelme 6. Bernardo Romeo 7. Pablo Aimar 8. Diego Placente 9. Sebastian Ariel Romero 10. Lionel Scaloni 1999 1. Franco Costanzo 2. Gabriel Milito 3. Esteban Cambiasso 4. Luciano Galleti 5. Aldo Duscher 6. Daniel Montenegro 7. Sebastian Saja 8. Ernesto Farias 9. Federico Insua 2001 1. German Lux 2. Nicolas Burdisso 3. Nicolas Medina 4. Fabricio Coloccini 7|Page 6 caps 43 caps 1 cap 34 caps 1 cap 42 caps 52 caps 13 caps 3 caps 52 caps 4 caps 1 cap 14 caps 4 caps 4 caps 56 caps 52 caps 117 caps 4 caps 52 caps 22 caps 1 cap 7 caps 2 caps 1 cap

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www.crigconsult.webs.com 5. Javier Saviola 6. Leandro Romagnoli 7. Maxi Rodriguez 8. Leandro Daniel Ponzio 9. Andres DAlessandro 10. Mauro Rosales 2003 1. Gonzalo Rodriguez 2. Javier Mascherano 3. Leandro Fernandez 4. Pablo Zabaleta 5. Fernando Cavenaghi 6. Carlos Tevez 7. Jonathan Bottinelli 8. Neri Cardozo 9. Jose Sosa 2005 1. Oscar Ustari 2. Lucas Biglia 3. Pablo Zabaleta 4. Ezequiel Garay 5. Neri Cardozo 6. Fenando Gago 7. Lionel Messi 8. Sergio Aguero 1 cap 6 caps 14 caps 3 caps 1 cap 33 caps 62 caps 32 caps 6 caps 75 caps 5 caps 14 caps 4 caps 59 caps 1 cap 1 cap 9 caps 40 caps 1 cap 41 caps 7 caps 25 caps 10 caps

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1. Esteban Cambiasso, who participated at the 1995 U17 world cup at the age of 14, has won 22 official titles (as of the end of 2010) being the most decorated Argentine footballer in history, alongside Alfredo di Stefano. 2. Gustavo Eberto, the Argentine 1st choice goalkeeper at the 2003 U20 world cup, died of testicular cancer at the age of 24 in 2004. ANALYSIS U17 WORLD CUP Year of 1993 1995 1997 2001 2003

competition Successful players (%) Average % of successful players = 20.40% 11.10 16.70 22.20 22.20 30.00

U20 WORLD CUP Year of 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005

competition Successful players (%) Average % of successful players = 44.90% 27.80 55.60 50.00 52.60 45.00 38.10

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BRAZIL

FIFA U 17 WORLD CUP1993 (Absent) 1995 1. Julio Cesar 2. Juan 3. Renato 4. Luis Eduardo 1997 1. Ronaldinho 2. Flavio 3. Geovanni 10 | P a g e 89 caps 1 cap 1 cap 61 caps 79 caps 28 caps 1 cap

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1999 1. Eduardo Costa 2. Leo Lima 3. Adriano 2001 1. Diego 2003 1. Ederson 2005 1. Marcelo 2. Anderson 3. Renato Augusta 7 caps 8 caps 3 caps 1 cap 33 caps 7 caps 4 caps 48 caps

FIFA U20 WORLD CUP1993 1. Dida 2. Argel Fucks 3. Mario Jardel 1995 1. Ze Elias 2. Caio Rebeiro 3. Cesar Belli 4. Luizao 11 | P a g e 22 caps 4 caps 8 caps 12 caps 91 caps 1 cap 10 caps

www.crigconsult.webs.com 5. Denilson 1997 1. Paulo Cesar 2. Athirson 3. Pedrinho 4. Fernando 5. Alex 6. Helton 7. Roni 1999 1. Julio Ceasar 2. Juan 3. Ronaldinho 4. Luis Eduardo 5. Mancini 6. Geovanni 2001 1. Maicon 2. Edu Dracena 3. Eduardo Costa 4. Fernando 5. Adriano 6. Baptista 7. Leo Lima 8. Luisao 9. Kaka 66 caps 2 caps 7 caps 8 caps 48 caps 47 caps 4 caps 42 caps 82 caps 61 caps 79 caps 89 caps 1 cap 6 caps 1 cap 3 caps 5 caps 1 cap 1 cap 49 caps 3 caps 5 caps 68 caps

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www.crigconsult.webs.com 2003 1. Fernando Henrique 1 cap 2. Daniel Alvez 3. Daniel Carvalho 4. Dudu Cearense 5. Nilmar 6. Adriano Correia 7. Fernandinho 2005 1. Rafinha 2. Diego Souza 3. Rafael Sobis 4. Felipe kasmirski 5. Diego Tardelli 1 cap 1 cap 8 caps 1 cap 5 caps 50 caps 3 caps 11 caps 23 caps 10 caps 3 caps

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INTERESTING FACTS: 1. Rodrigo Lacerda Ramos and Denilson, captains of the Brazilian squad to the Nigeria 1999 U20 world cup and the Peru 2005 U17 world cup respectively, are yet to be capped by the senior national team. 2. Julio Cesar, Juan, Ronaldinho and Adriano have all participated in the U17, U20 and the FIFA world cup with Brazil. 3. Tiago dos Santos, who was part of the Brazilian squad to the 1999 U20 world cup, has been capped once by Bulgaria.

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www.crigconsult.webs.com ANALYSIS U17 WORLD CUP Year of 1995 1997 1999 2001

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competition Successful players (%) Average % of successful players = 13.50% 22.20 16.70 16.70 5.60 5.00 15.00

U20 WORLD CUP Year of 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005

competition Successful players (%) Average % of successful players = 32.40% 16.70 27.80 38.90 33.30 50.00 35.00 23.80

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GERMANY

FIFA U 17 WORLD CUP1993 (Absent) 1995 1. Fabian Ernst 1997 1. Sebastian Kehl 2. Sebastian Deisler 1999 1. Thomas Hitzlsperger 2. Andreas hinkel 3. Andreas Gorlitz 52 caps 21 caps 2 caps 31 caps 36 caps 24 caps

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FIFA U 20 WORLD CUP1993 1. Carsten Ramelow 2. Carsten Jancker 3. Dietmar Hamann 1995 1. Mustafa Dogan 1997 (Absent) 1999 1. Timo Hildebrand 2001 1. Hanno Balitsch 2. Jermaine Jones 3. Andreas Hinkel 2003 1. Robert Huth 2. Piotr Trochowski 3. Christian Shulz 4. Christian Pander 5. Malik Fathi 19 caps 35 caps 4 caps 2 caps 2 caps 1 cap 3 caps 21 caps 7 caps 2 caps 46 caps 33 caps 59 caps

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www.crigconsult.webs.com 2005 1. Rene Adler 2. Marvin Compper 3. Christian Gentner 4. Marcel Jansen INTERESTING FACT: 10 caps 1 cap 3 caps 36 caps

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1. Having been capped three (3) times by Germany in unofficial matches, Jermaine Jones eventually garnered 12 caps for the USA. ANALYSIS U17 WORLD CUP Year of 1995 1997 1999

competition Successful players (%) Average % of successful players = 11.10% 5.60 11.10 16.70

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